Walking with Offa

Following on from the 2009 Welsh-English Border Strategic Regeneration Programme, the “Walking with Offa” (see Walking With Offa Business Plan) was developed, involving a number of separate funding applications on both sides of the border.

Activity for the Walking with Offa co-operation project included:

  • Improving the walking offer – footpath improvement, information and interpretation, promotion of Walkers are Welcome, 40th Anniversary events for Offa’s Dyke Path and Wye Valley AONB;
  • Walking with OffaBusiness and Community Engagement and Training- Sense of Place, guiding skills, promotional materials;
  • Walking Promotion – website development and new interactive content for websites;
  • Sustainable transport development and promotion;
  • Cooperation and sharing best practice:
  • –  Exchange visits for Walkers are Welcome and guided walks leaders;
  • –  Networking events;
  • –  Best practice training courses;
  • –  Marketing;
  • –  Public transport study;
  • –  Sustainable transport literature;
  • –  Monitoring and evaluation.

Partners in the delivery of this programme included Adventa in Monmouthshire, Wye Valley AONB, Brecon Beacons National Park, Powys County Council/ Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail team, GLASU in Powys, Cadwyn Clwyd/ Clwydian Range AONB, Northern Marches LEADER, Shropshire Council, Shropshire Hills AONB and LEADER programme, Herefordshire Council and LEADER programme and the Forest of Dean LEADER programme.

Walking with Offa in the Shropshire Hills

In the Shropshire Hills AONB, a series of Walking with Offa walks were developed and these are still available to download and as leaflets while stocks last. The project also undertook a range of interpretation, along with business and community engagement and training. The 2013 Final Report for Walking with Offa in the Shropshire Hills can be read here.

King Offa was the mighty ruler of Mercia in the 8th Century. King Offa and the Making of England will tell you a bit more about King Offa, Saxon Shropshire and what it may have been like to live in this area at that time.

Walking for Wellbeing

Walking for Wellbeing was a project to bring in the community interests of walking. It aimed to bring together community and business walking interests and walking enthusiasts from across the Shropshire Hills, to develop a more coherent approach to promoting the Shropshire Hills as a walking destination for local people and visitors.

Walking for Wellbeing ran until March 2013 and was funded by the Rural Development Programme for England LEADER Programme, Church Stretton and Bishop’s Castle Local Joint Committees, Church Stretton Walking for Health/Mayfair Community Centre and the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership.